Verb ING form after TO

When to use the verb ING form after TO

I have been teaching effective English communication skills for a long time. Hence, during the teaching, I come across many such questions that keep lingering in people’s minds. It’s not me, but all of us need to explore English grammar to understand its elements in detail. Therefore, we always keep navigating to understand the grammar rules. Here we will get to know about when to use the “ING form after TO”.

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When can we use Verb ING form after TO, learn it By Alok Pandey, an online English teacher

Definitely, It keeps nagging somewhere back in our mind, not to know only but how to use it in real situations. Hence, I am eager to shed a light on its all possible uses. These are the words and phrases where we use the ING verb form after TO.

Confess

  • You must confess to knowing nothing about computers.
  • I confess to having heard about it.
  • He confessed to causing this trouble.
  • We confess to being hopeless about this project.
  • He confessed to bluffing during the interview.
  • The team confessed to forgetting to join the meeting.

Hence, the word “to” in all the above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Admit

  • He admitted to making these mistakes
  • I admitted to arriving late.
  • He admitted to committing that crime.
  • The team admitted to forgetting to accomplish the task on time.
  • John admitted to sending the report late.

Similarly, the word “to” in these all above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Dedicated

  • The Green Party is dedicated to protecting the environment.
  • Mornings were dedicated to reading and afternoons to writing.
  • This team is dedicated to helping European customers.
  • The receptionist is dedicated to welcoming the customers.
  • Our hotel is dedicated to showing hospitality to guests.

Definitely, the word “to” in these all above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Devoted

  • He is devoted to helping the poor.
  • His company is devoted to preserving nature.
  • The student must be devoted to maximizing his time to study.
  • He is devoted to bringing the real fact of politicians in front of the people.
  • These people are devoted to serving the monks.

However, the word “to” in these all above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Committed

  • I am committed to making you fluent in English.
  • He is committed to showing the right path.
  • We are committed to serving you better.
  • This service is committed to bringing clarity.
  • This consultancy is committed to providing jobs to unemployed people.

Hence, the word “to” in all the above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Opposed

  • The government was opposed to supplying the vaccine to the other country.
  • My manager was opposed to leaving me the job.
  • His parents were opposed to getting married to her.
  • The villagers were opposed to cutting the trees.
  • Her parents were opposed to sending her abroad.

Similarly, the word “to” in all the above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Used to

  • He was not used to working from home.
  • I was not used to smoking.
  • She was not used to living alone.
  • Why were you not used to waking up early in the morning?
  • We were not used to working from home.

Since we can not use two auxiliary verbs consecutively. Hence, in these sentences, the word “was/were” appears as a helping or auxiliary verb, and the word “used to” as an adjective. Following these, the verb form ING appears as a gerund.

Accustomed

  • She was not accustomed to living with the mother-in-law
  • I was not accustomed to listening to managers.
  • He was not accustomed to working till late.
  • She was not accustomed to driving in traffic.
  • Why were you not accustomed to working till late?

Similarly, we can not use two auxiliary verbs consecutively. Hence, in these sentences, the word “was/were” appears as a helping or auxiliary verb, and the word “accustomed to” as an adjective. Following these, the verb form ING appears as a gerund.

Look forward

  • She was looking forward to meeting you.
  • We look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • I always look forward to getting home to my wife and children.
  • I look forward to greeting you on your golden wedding anniversary.
  • He looks forward to hearing from you.

Hence, the word “to” in all the above sentences appeared as a preposition. Whereas, the word with “ING” form has come as a gerund.

Get around

  • They didn’t get around to typing up the letter.
  • I hope to get around to answering your letter next week.
  • My team will get around to resolving this problem next week.
  • He didn’t get around to seeing his family.

Henceforth, these are not the end of it. There are many such lists like:

Addicted to, prone to, come to, is worth, object to, key to, alternate to, substitute to, be used to, given to, with a view to, similar to, averse to, allergic to, subject to, akin to,

Some more examples:

  • He is addicted to smoking.
  • She came here with a view to getting help from me.
  • He is given to working hard.
  • We are close to winning this game.
  • Children are prone to making mischief.
  • Yuvaraj is akin to winning world cup again.
  • The key to improving your English is practice.
  • The key to avoiding the common cold is washing your hand frequently.
  • When it comes to dancing, Prince is as good as Rajesh.
  • When it comes to leading the team, Koharli is as good as Dhoni.
  • He will not object to going there.

Therefore, we can experience that there are many such words that we use ING form. So, the “to” appears as a preposition.